9.2.09

Toady


c 1690 for noun, possibly shortened from toad-eater "fawning flatterer," originally referring to the assistant of a charlatan, who ate a toad (believed to be poisonous) to enable his master to display his skill in expelling the poison. The verb is recorded from 1827.

3 comments:

Ruela said...

grandmother, what big eyes you have!
the better to see you with, my child...

;)

v. dark.

Inconsequential said...

aye,
fine words...

discharge - educational resource for your pre-school child...

warp 'em while they're young :)

C.J.Duffy said...

If I had had a teacher like that, with such a wit for words and such a withering stare, I might have turned out different.

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